Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a short story competition. So when Wattpad started a sci-fi competition for a 800 word short story, I was there like… like… ice-cream on a waffle. Om nom nom.

So here was my entry. I didn’t win (*sigh*), but at least I received an honourable mention, and that’s good enough for me.

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ten steps to write a review

So you’ve read a book. You liked it. Or you didn’t. The world needs to know.

Why? Because social proof is one of the many ways books get circulated. We find out what to look out for, and what to avoid by the people that went before us. I’m sure many friends have recommended you a book, or told you to steer clear of one before. Think of these instances as mini reviews. They might have told you what they didn’t like, or just given you their “star review” – ie: It was crap. Don’t read it (1 star). Or, OMG, you totally have to read this book like now (5 stars).

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So I’ve reached an impasse regarding the book cover for my latest novel, Compile:Quest. Some feedback I received remarked that it was a bit too ‘old-school’ or more ‘fantasy’ than science-fiction. Also, that it didn’t fully convey the dark, gritty nature of the novel, and made it look too ‘Y/A’.

Okay, enough quotation marks. I decided to create a new cover, and let everyone I know (and even those I don’t) put it to a vote. If you haven’t read the book then you can still vote based on which cover intrigues you and might make you click on it when browsing online.

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Ultimate Scrivener World Building Template

So you write science-fiction. Or fantasy. And with great world- and character-building comes great responsibility. And a butt-load of reference sheets, research papers, sticky notes and eventual decline into madness.

But what if you could keep track of everything? What if you didn’t completely forget to give your new religion their own mantra, or assign a specific colour to your new race’s feet?

I have a solution for you. I call it: The Ultimate Scrivener Universe Builder Template for Novels. (or USUBT4N for short)

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. The Kingdom Lights is a YA Fantasy set in the realm of Gardarel. This mystical floating city is the home of Celes, a boy that discovers he’s an Invoker capable of powerful magic. Celes is sent to study magic at a school in the Kingdom of Lights. Besides struggling with a new school and trying to make friends while avoiding making enemies, Celes finds himself in the middle of an insidious plot that threatens his entire world.

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So six months, one novel later and suddenly I have all this free time on my hands. Great, except… I’d rather still be writing. I think I’ll describe what I’m going through as some type of post-publishing depression. Similar to postpartum depression – not because I have any idea what it would be like, but because that’s how I imagine it to be.

Of course there are still more books to write. But I promised my better half that I would take a break. I had been working at this novel like a demon (read: tension headaches and other burnout-related disorders).

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